The 25 most viewed destinations of 2014: Part 3

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21.       Cyrildene - New Chinatown

Initially a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood, Cyrildene has transformed into a little hub of China in Joburg. Quaint tea shops, authentic Chinese delicacies, massage parlours, electronics shops and family-owned stores sit alongside one another on this strip. If you'd like a taste adventure in Jozi, get your crew of friends together and sample exotic Far Eastern food in Cyrildene on a Saturday afternoon.

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An entrance at Cyrildene, Joburg's New Chinatown. Image courtesy of Ufrieda Ho

22.       Union Buildings

A great place to snap a selfie is in front of the Nelson Mandela Statue at the Union Buildings in Tshwane. The Union Buildings house the offices of the president and are the official seat of the national government. Although the buildings themselves are not open to the public, don't be surprise to see tourists snapping photos of the gorgeous, intricate gardens and the buildings themselves, which are considered an architectural masterpiece.

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A panoramic view of the Union Buildings in Tshwane. Image courtesy of Paul Saad

23.       Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World

Bursting with family entertainment, Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World is packed with casino games, dance and musical performances at the 500-seat Mardi Gras Theatre, boxing matches, gala dinners, concerts, a cinema and KidZone.  Head to Brakpan and spend a weekend laughing, eating, playing and being treated to an extravaganza of entertainment at this destination.

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An interior shot of Carnival City Casino and Entertainment Complex. Image courtesy of WBHO

24.       Bronkhorstspruit Dam

If you've heard a local talking about "Bronkies", they're talking about the Bronkhorstspruit Dam which sits near a small town of Bronkhorstspruit less than 100km from Joburg. You can ride a boat on the river or even turn on your jet-skis and dabble in leisurely water sport on the dam. Make a weekend of it and camp in the adjoining nature reserve, fish, bird watch, swim in the pools or enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants overlooking the dam.

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A valley below the Bronkhorstspruit Dam wall in Gauteng. Image courtesy of Pzaich

25.       African Craft Market of Rosebank

For a unique shopping experience, spend a Sunday browsing through the arts and crafts at the African Craft Market, conveniently located next to Rosebank Mall. Vendors hailing from the likes of Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Congo, and the Ivory Coast, sell caftans, carvings, beadwork, footwear, sculptures, throw pillows and curios to international travellers and local visitors.

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Performance entertain visitors to the African Craft Market in Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng. Image courtesy of Nadiology